City Cafe - Baltimore

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$30 and under
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American
We are City Cafe - Baltimore a local favorite with a citywide following, serving you delicious food with warm service in a relaxed, modern setting. Executive Chef James Jennings prepares an original menu of classic American comfort foods with a twist.

Located in the historic Mt. Vernon Cultural District- we serve Lunch, Dinner, & Weekend Brunch. Happy Hour is offered at our bars from 4pm-7pm [8pm on Fridays]. Groups are accommodated on short notice and private events of all kinds can be arranged with custom menus.

We're just a short Uber ride from Downtown & Harbor East. From North Baltimore we are only 2 minutes off 83 South (MD Ave Exit). Free parking provided nightly on lot catty-cornered from City Cafe .
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HL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great meal, great service, and great drinks at City Cafe. Thank you to our server, Maria for making my late birthday dinner wonderful

CD
Baltimore
85 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We dine at City Cafe several times during a year. It's a great place to eat before or after a performance at the Meyerhoff or Lyric or a movie at the Charles. Food and service are consistently good. Prices are reasonable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect spot for an occasion or just a casual brunch - it’s my go-to bc no matter what you order it is delicious and the service is fantastic. Lots of food for the price, too.

OT
Baltimore
149 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most consistent restaurants I have ever visited. Menu is always interesting and creative. And everything is delicious. My favorite is cream of crab soup. Just a perfect place. Love it!

C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get place to grab brunch.

SB
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was tasty as always. When my side of bacon came, half of the order wasn't cooked well enough. After explaining to the waitress, her response was that I should have mentioned that I wanted it well done when I placed the order. My experience is that bacon should be cooked so that the fatty portions are not still greasy and under cooked. Anyway, she agreed to have the matter taken care of. When my order returned, the bacon was so overcooked that you could not eat it. I just gave up and did not complain further. I was very disappointed though.

M
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner on Saturday night. I had fish tacos and my husband had scallops, both were cooked to perfection. Dinner was served quickly and our server was readily accessible. We always enjoy our meals at City Cafe and would highly recommend it.

A
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Marvin was attentive, friendly, and helpful. The food and drinks were delicious as always, I'll definitely be back soon :)

PM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good consistent with previous visits but we were totally neglected by our server! Restaurant didn’t appear that busy but waited for an ice tea for 20 minutes after waiting 15 minutes for her initial visit to the table...then had to wait for the check for an additional 10 minutes... she was absent and not around.

BS
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch, fast service, good wait staff and low noise levels. Perfect for meetings

E
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I originally asked for outside seating for me and my 3 guests. They sat us in the other bar area, and this was ok considering the temp outside was a bit warm. Our server Tim was social and friendly which is one of the reasons we keep coming back to City Cafe is we enjoy the servers and bartenders. Everyone is so friendly, and that helps the dining experience.
I had the chicken and biscuits that came with fried potatoes and a piece of pork belly. The pork belly was deep fried beyond being edible, but the chicken/eggs/potatoes made up for that.
guest #1 had steak/roast beef sandwich, he enjoyed and left satisfied.
guest #2 had a crab cake sandwich that seemed to be quite small on a large bun with large tomato slice and large piece of lettuce. He said the cake had no taste and he left hungry, for nearly $20 that is no bueno.
guest #3 had the oysters appetizer, and he enjoyed and all.
The room seemed buzzing with many customers, so I wouldn't recommend bringing young children here if the noise would bother them.
Drinks were great too.

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alexis was great as always. If you want exceptional service, ask for her. For the appetizer, we had the fried oysters and French toast bites, they came out hot, fresh, and delicious. For our entrees, my husband had the angry omelette and I had the steak and eggs...everything was cooked correctly and very tasty. I recommend City Café to anyone.

BH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Went there for a working lunch. The service was OK, but I wouldn't order the house burger again.

S
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly service, excellent food! Crab cakes were delicious, as was the ravioli!

k
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat before going to the Lyric. Our server was awesome!! Highly enjoyable evening. Look forward to our next visit.

MM
Baltimore
119 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always find something I am craving on the menu. Steak House Mondays are a huge hit with our fickle eaters. Ask for Joshua---handled six of us deftly.

L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fish tacos were great- green tomatoes w crab outstanding- service friendly but not overly so

KG
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a really nice dinner and enjoyed the food. Good parking outside, didn’t know there was a lot across the street or we missed the sign. The hostess seemed like she had an attitude and was saying how late it was, we went with a reservation so I didn’t know that was an issue. Overall very happy with the food and service. Will be coming back .

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baltimore’s City Cafe! This place is always going to be fun. Lots of memory and it’s keeping up with what “cool” people 😁are listening these days.
The steak and frites wasn’t bad either.
Cheers!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, accommodated, lovely services and great food. Recommended.

AW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience is always enjoyed. Ryan’s customer service is exceptional.

B
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Cafe is always a treat. Brunch is outstanding as they have a fantastic assortment of food and libations to get your day going. The Latin hash with carnitas, potatoes, and corn salsa is especially delicious!

DD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and our waiter was fabulous!!! We had a party of five and all of us including teen age girls absolutely loved their food. The shrimp app is to die for and so are the green fried tomatoes with crab. Wished we lived closer since we are from Boston.

J
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Normally I love the food here but I ordered the fried chicken and biscuits and it was disappointingly mediocre. Two of us in a party of four ordered crabcakes and were happy.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly best spot to eat in Mt Vernon. Great food, great staff and great crowd. Those Philly Steak rolls are the best in the US. Yum all around!

BV
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like this place. The food is fantastic, with a lot a varied choices on a relatively small menu. The drinks are great. The service was perfect. It has high ceilings in parts so it’s not the quietest place but not overly loud either. The cheesesteak egg rolls were an interesting appetizer and really delicious.

DW
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

all but the asparagus was very good. client enjoyed scallops and ambiance.

C
Baltimore
132 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food here is always good. My only complaint was that the crispy chicken in the Cobb salad was almost all batter with very little chicken. Service was great. This place works well for a group.

5
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!! Always good.

OT
Baltimore
150 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great restaurant. Never disappointed in the entrees or the drinks. Wine selections are excellent

BF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All foods delicious especially my blackened salmon bacon avocado lettuce tomato sandwich 😋

M
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food but very noisy! Waiter was OK but started too aggressively & lapsed into indifferent.

d
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was easy to find, there was plenty of parking along the street and in the lot across from the entrance. The food was enjoyable and the portion sizes were relatively large. On the other hand, service was only mediocre. I understand since we had a larger party (9 guests), that tends to make things a little more hectic. However, the waitress didn't really provide much time for us to look over the menu; She instead made a series of recommendations, which at the time we appreciated as we had never dined there before, only to find out that the options she provided all had extra costs. For example, two guests ordered veggie burgers which apparently come with fries, she asked if Parmesan fries to go with the burger would be ok and they agreed without any disclosure that it would be an extra $4 charge. In addition, the restaurant did not seem terribly busy at the time of our visit so we were disappointed that it took several requests to our waitress to bring us ice water, soda, and/or a coffee refill. So although the food was decent, and we really enjoy supporting local places over chain restaurants, I won't be recommending this place, quite the opposite actually. I don't plan to come back.

CG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat outside on a beautiful Saturday morning. Good place for a group for brunch. Food was good though I ordered the Latin hash and it was mostly potatoes. I had been looking forward to having their delicious chicken and waffles but they're not on the menu anymore.

CO
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually sat outside!!! Something I would normally never do. Our server Marvin made the experience amazing. The cream of crab was better than normal!!

SC
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual

PS
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I conducted a job interview over lunch and it was the perfect spot. The food was awesome. My guest were not from the area but wanted to try the crab cakes. They were impressed with City Cafe and enjoyed the crab cakes.

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We came here for Father’s Day because of the good reviews and varied menu. Service was great but the food was not. Two people got the pasta dish which wasn’t that great. The rice in the “Something vegan” dish was undercooked. The veggie burger only came with a non-vegan bun (I can overlook this but it would be nice to offer eggless and dairy free buns to appeal to more customers). I was very disappointed in the quality of the food and my restaurant choice for a special day.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Waiter could have check on us early on.. Another waitress was nearby very accommodating..I waited 20 minutes before that but overall everyone is pleasant and professional!

BF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

City Cafe gives you delicious foods, personable service all in a fun energetic environment. A favorite restaurant!

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